Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2011
Linking innovation and entrepreneurship – literature
overview and introduction of a process-oriented
VEND consulting GmbH
90419 Nuremberg, Germany
Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Lange Gasse 20
90403 Nuremberg, Germany
Abstract: The terms innovation and entrepreneurship are commonly used – but
not always with the same understanding. There is an obvious strong
relationship of both areas, however, barely articulated. Moreover, so far there is
few consensus among researchers regarding innovative and entrepreneurial
activities in general, especially when it comes to precise definitions. Hence,
this paper gives an overview of relevant literature in both areas. In this context,
relevant terms and definitions and recent models linking innovation and
entrepreneurship are discussed and presented. Finally, a comprehensive
framework for future considerations is introduced.
Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Brem, A. (2011) ‘Linking
innovation and entrepreneurship – literature overview and introduction of a
process-oriented framework’, Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Management, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp.6–35.
Biographical notes: Alexander Brem is the Founder and Partner of VEND
Consulting GmbH, Nuremberg. He received his Diploma in Business
Administration from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany in 2004
and earned his PhD there in 2007. From 2004 to 2007, he was a Senior
Research and Teaching Assistant at the Chair of Industrial Management,
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he now works as a Senior Lecturer.
He has published a number of papers in the areas of idea and innovation
management, strategic management in SMEs and...